“The legislature shall never pass any law to authorise or legalise any marriage between any white person and a Negro or descendant of a Negro.” – Alabama State Constitution, Section 102, as of 2000.
For centuries it was widely held that marriage between persons of different race was an abomination, against God’s law, and punishable by fine, imprisonment, or chastisement by the Church. Many of the rationales used to justify these laws are the same ones being used to justify banning homosexual marriage.
This brings to mind Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 decision that finally ended anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. The Supreme Court wrote:
“Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the
sexualracial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious sexual identityracial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of the same sexanother race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”
Perhaps you are not ashamed by our lack of progress, by repeating the same injustices we fought so hard to end, but I am. I am indeed.
I suppose I should be grateful that I was only black, and in love, and not gay.
Free love. Finally.